The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed the State Government’s commitment of $10 million to extend the Energy Savers Plus program.
The expanded Energy Savers Plus program will include an additional 200 energy audits for agricultural customers and offer a 50% co-contribution (capped at $20,000) towards the cost of implementing changes recommended through the audits.
QFF President Stuart Armitage says that the Energy Savers Plus program has been and continues to be an important resource for Queensland farmers to identify, learn and implement energy efficiency practices and changes to their businesses.
“By expanding the partnership between QFF and the State Government, farmers throughout the state will continue to benefit from the opportunity to identify energy savings as the sector grapples with the impact of electricity price increases.”
“The addition of an implementation bonus for farm businesses taking up the audit recommendations is a positive step. An industry-led program will give greater consideration of the entire water-energy-productivity nexus that farm businesses face and we look forward to seeing the details.”
To date 60% of the 130 farms participating in the Energy Savers program have or plan to implement part of the $3 million of annual energy cost savings identified in the energy efficiency audits across different industries. This includes 50 farms implementing energy efficiency projects and another 32 that are planning to in the future.